Exercise (Djibouti) 2012 is a major new simulation by John Gerrard presented as a large-scale cinematic installation in the setting of the Old Power Station, Oxford. This video provides a 4.30minute out-take from the simulated world.

Originating in found documentary images of US military exercises in Djibouti (Horn of Africa) and informed by research into athletic achievement, the work makes use of emerging technologies to reflect on the relationship between competitive sport, military training, theatrical performance and dance.
On a simulation of the barren Djibouti landscape, two teams of computer-generated figures meet daily at dawn to initiate a series of cryptic gestural routines – precise, repetitive, faintly antagonistic. The scene is a painstaking and extraordinarily detailed reproduction, constructed by hand within the virtual using photographic and satellite data guides from the real landscape. Neither completely synthetic nor strictly real, the work exists in ‘real time’ (Djibouti: GMT +3 hours), orbiting over a yearly cycle that incorporates the movements of sun, moon and stars.

Exercise (Djibouti) 2012 is commissioned by the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, Oxford University Sport and Modern Art Oxford and forms part of the London 2012 Festival. The London 2012 Festival is the finale of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements.

OPEN DAILY 7 - 29 JULY/ MON- SAT 12-8PM , SUN 12-6PM
The Old Power Station is located a 10-minute walk from Modern Art Oxford and a 2-minute walk from Oxford train station.

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